Rushing Through Work
Have you ever been surprised when you got your students’ test results back? Have you had students that you knew were bright, but their scores didn’t reflect this ability? It’s frustrating, right? Sometimes it’s an issue of test anxiety. Other times the issue is work habits. Students rush through their work or tests and fail to pay attention to important details. Little words like “not” in a questions make a big difference when taking a standardized test.
Test Prep Tip – STEAL & SLIDE
Steal and slide encourages students to slow down and pay attention to details. When answering comprehension questions, students steal words from the question and slide these words into their answer. This makes students slow down and pay attention to important details when they are working.
When I taught 3rd grade, my students answered all of their questions – social studies chapter question, science question, and reading comprehension questions with the steal and slide method. When I moved down to 1st grade, my students learned to answer questions orally using steal and slide. Preparing students to take standardized test should be a shared responsibility. This is one way lower grade teachers can help prepare students.
You can try this method with the reading comprehension questions from The Lightning Thief. Students can practice the steal and slide method with the questions from this free packet. Click for the FREE download.